24 Must-Do April/May Races Across the U.S.

Gulf Coast Half Marathon

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Gulf Coast Half Marathon
April 13, Pensacola Beach, Fla.
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The fifth running of this pancake-flat half marathon boasts a post-race party sponsored by Pensacola’s famous Flounders Chowder House. Before enjoying some grub, however, participants run 13.1 miles through stunning neighborhoods while taking in inspiring views of the Gulf of Mexico on one side of the course and the Santa Rosa Sound on the other. After crossing the finish line, runners receive a finisher’s medal that doubles as a bottle opener, ideal for post-race lounging at the beach.

Iron Girl Clearwater Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
April 13, Clearwater, Fla.
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Feel the overwhelming girl power at this women’s-only half marathon and 5K. Celebrating 11 years, the scenic run to the beach starts and finishes at downtown Clearwater’s Coachman Park. After achieving your personal best, rejoice in your new performance women’s shirt and finisher’s custom medal at the post-race breakfast. Giveaways also include Iron Girl jewelry to the top three finishers in each age group and top three mother-daughter teams.

SweetWater 420 Fest 5K
April 19, Atlanta
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The 10th running of this local favorite is debuting a new course, with a 9 a.m. start at Centennial Olympic Park in the center of Atlanta’s downtown. While it may be a fresh route, the commitment to post-race beer stays true — each participant 21 or older receives a coupon for a complimentary SweetWater draft beer or soft drink at the post-race celebration. Runners can also select a three-day pass option at registration to get access to the SweetWater 420 Fest going on throughout the weekend.

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